French — LPs

XClassic sounds from France -- a mix of chanson, French pop, Saravah sounds, and more -- work from Serge Gainsbourg, Brigitte Fontaine, France Gall, and others!

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Francis LaiUn Homme et Une Femme ... LP
Disc AZ, 1967. Near Mint- ... $19.99
One of the greatest soundtracks ever – an archetypal album from French composer Francis Lai, and a record that set the tone for countless other imitations to come – yet which is still the best! The groove here is really unique – a spare blend of bossa influences, jazzy organ lines, and wordless vocals that are sung beautifully by French singers Nicole Croisille and Pierre Barouh – and although a mainstream success, the record was the initial force behind the legendary Saravah imprint that Barouh would form later, to record a wide range of groundbreaking work in a variety of genres. But history aside, the music here is plenty – and from the very first note the whole soundtrack grabs you with a sense of warmth and sentiment that defy description – modes never heard before in the soundtrack world, and which really broke the mold from Hollywood conventions! Titles include the seminal bossa number "Samba Saravah", plus "A Man & A Woman", "Today It's You", "In Our Shadow", "At 200 MPH", and "Stronger Than Us". (Soundtracks, French) LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing. Cover has a small mark from sticker removal.)

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Francis Lai/Pierre Barouh/Nicole Croisille13 Jours En France (Japanese pressing) ... LP
Saravah/Seven Seas (Japan), 1970. Very Good ... $24.99
Genius work from French composer Francis Lai – one of his greatest soundtracks ever, and done during the same period as Live For Life and A Man & A Woman! The feel here is very similar to the work of those films – and was also done for a project directed by Claude Lelouch – and as on A Man & A Woman, both Pierre Barouh and Nicole Croisille sing vocals on the session, bringing a really groovy vocal touch to the set! The tunes range from broadly sweeping and soaring numbers, to others that have a bouncy French pop feel – and Lai really comes through with some beautiful instrumentation for the set, especially on a few of the tracks that feature organ! There's 3 versions of the great track "Killy", an anthemic ditty that's sung by Nicole Croisille, and played again on solo organ – and other tracks include "Descente", "Peggy", and "13 Jours En France". Great great stuff, and a soundtrack that we're really excited to have! (Soundtracks, French) LP, Vinyl record album
(Unusual Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Michel Legrand/Matt Munro/Dusty SpringfieldParis Was Made For Lovers ... LP
ALA, Early 70s. Sealed ... $11.99
A wonderful little soundtrack from Michel Legrand – perhaps not as jazzy or groovy as some of his 60s work, but with some really nice moments! There's no getting over the infectious tune "Paris Was Made For Lovers" – a vocal number sung in English in two versions, both by Michel Legrand, in that fantastic raspy style that he always used back then. Also includes two other vocal gems – "A Place In Paris", sung by Matt Munro, and the dreamy "Sea & Sky", sung by Dusty Springfield. Other tracks are more orchestral, and titles include "Concerto For Cabs", "Pavanne For People", and "The Street Where They Lived". (Soundtracks, French) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Brigitte BardotBrigitte Bardot Show (180 gram pressing) ... LP
AZ/Universal (France), 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
One of the greatest Brigitte Bardot albums you could ever buy – some of the grooviest, sexiest work the famous French actress ever cut! The album's overflowing with excellent original material written by Bardot by Serge Gainsbourg and Francis Lai – two of our favorite French composers of the 60s, and both a very good choice to work with Brigitte! Bardot sings in a sexy, whispery style that's a bit like Jane Birkin, but somewhat different too – and the arrangements are by Michel Colombier, Paul Pio, and Christian Gaubert – three talents who definitely keep things groovy. There's a few instrumentals mixed in with the vocal tracks – but that's totally fine with us, because they're all pretty great – and there's plenty of moments with a nice groove and a bit of funk. Titles include "Harley Davidson", "Ay Que Viva La Sangria", "Gang Gang", "David B", "Mister Sun", "Paris", "On Demenage", and "Contact" – plus the excellent "Marseillaise Generique" instrumental – used to great effect in Austin Powers! LP, Vinyl record album

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Claude FrancoisComme D'Habitude ... LP
Philips/Elemental (France), 1967. Sealed (reissue)... $16.99
Very groovy work from French singer Claude Francois – and a set that's got all the mod touches you might expect from his image on the cover! Claude gets some strong UK help here from arrangers Reg Guest and David Whitaker, who both give the tunes a nice sort of London punch – some complicated elements from time to time, including a few nice trippy touches – but a bottom groove on most numbers, thanks to some perfect use of electric bass in the rhythms! A few tunes are remakes of English numbers, sung by Claude with French lyrics – and titles include "La Martien", "Pardon", "Rien Rien Rien", "Ma Fille", "Mais Quand Le Matin", and "Ce Soir Je Vais Boire" – plus "Comme D'Habitude", which is the original version of "My Way". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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